Federal judge sets hearing Monday on challenge to ballots from drive-thru voting in Texas' largest county
October 31, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
Poll worker Sheila Hawkes removes an "I Voted" sticker to hand to a voter at an early voting center at Ida B. Wells Middle School, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
A federal judge set a hearing for Monday morning to hear a challenge to drive-thru voting in Harris County, Texas, the largest county in the state.
(CNN)A federal judge set a hearing for Monday morning to hear a challenge to drive-thru voting in Harris County, Texas, the largest county in the state.
A group of Republicans filed a petition Tuesday seeking the halt of drive-thru voting in Harris County, marking another attempt to dismantle drive-thru voting after the Texas Supreme Court ruled last week that it could proceed.
Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins has staunchly defended drive-thru voting as a legal and safe option for voting during the pandemic.
Supporters of drive-thru voting also point to how the Texas Supreme Court, which is comprised solely of Republicans, already ruled in favor of it last week.
Ten of Harris County's 120 early voting sites are drive-thru locations.
While curbside voting in Harris County is limited to voters with a disability and located at all polling sites, the drive-thru voting locations are open to all voters.
The latest challenge argues that drive-thru voting violates the US Constitution, which says state legislatures decide how elections are run.
Republican State Rep. Steve Toth, who's listed on the petition as a plaintiff, argued it's the job of the state legislature -- not local counties -- to implement changes such as drive-thru voting.